The new Freightliner EconicSD, a cab-over-engine refuse truck with a collision mitigation system, will be on full display this year at WasteExpo 2019. The low-entry waste collection truck will be showcased in the Freightliner booth along with an array of work truck solutions for the waste collection industry.
The EconicSD made its North American debut at last year’s WasteExpo and is the first Freightliner vocational truck to feature the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems. The truck comes standard with Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Lane Departure Warning technologies.
This truck also comes standard with Side Guard Assist – a particularly useful feature on refuse routes, which uses two radar sensors to monitor the proximity of the truck’s passenger side for objects such as traffic signs, bicyclists, vehicles, etc., according to the manufacturer. Additionally, the EconicSD features a rain/light sensor, which automatically activates headlights and wipers. The vehicle also features the optional Blind Spot View, consisting of multiple video cameras, making the driver more visually aware of their immediate surroundings and operating environment.
Spec’ed with the Detroit DD8 mid-range engine with Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service, the EconicSD brings industry-leading efficiency to maximize uptime for refuse fleets.
The EconicSD’s low step-in height and spacious, ergonomic cab were designed with driver comfort in mind. An automated frame lowering feature further reduces the already low step-in height for easy entry and egress. Modern features such as a panoramic windshield, a 90-degree door opening and an aggressive wheel cut for enhanced maneuverability further contribute to the driver-focused design of the EconicSD.